Etiquette and Languages observes how people relate to each other through behaviors and speech. Find information on topics like tipping, sign language, good manners and slang.
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Goddesses once reigned supreme across many cultures. So what happened, and did written language hasten their fall?
By Robert Lamb May 25, 2018
What in the world did Grandma mean when she used words like "tarnation"?
By Alia Hoyt Apr 18, 2018
And everyone used it, not just the local deaf community.
By Kate Kershner Mar 26, 2018
Merriam-Webster added 850 new words to its popular online dictionary. Learn which words the dictionary added for 2018.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Mar 9, 2018
Rudeness is not just a personal annoyance. It can actually affect health and safety. Why is that? And why do we replay a rude interaction over and over in our heads?
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Mar 9, 2018
How could we run out of trademarked words? It sounds impossible, but it's growing more and more likely.
By John Perritano Feb 26, 2018
It doesn't get more awkward than the check arriving and no one knows who's paying for what. Is it rude to expect birthday guests to pay for their own meal?
By Alia Hoyt Feb 21, 2018
Which of these would you like to see on your computer keyboard?
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Jan 11, 2018
Middle names aren't a purely modern invention, so why do we still have them?
By Laurie L. Dove Nov 29, 2017
You were probably used to red squiggles showing up for spelling errors and green ones for grammatical errors in Microsoft Word documents. But why was the red usually right and the green usually wrong?
By Dave Roos Nov 9, 2017
You know them. They're the people who act like they're not mad, but really are. They're passive aggressive and say some of these five zingers.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Nov 6, 2017
What does Boston have against the letter R? Why do Minnesotans sometimes drag out the 'O' sound?
By Mark Mancini Sep 29, 2017
Kim Jong Un called Donald Trump a dotard. Here are some equally entertaining, out-of-date options the 45th president could've thrown back in his face.
By Christopher Hassiotis Sep 22, 2017
The alphabet's been lost for hundreds of years, but a designer is bringing it back to light with a new digital font dubbed "Albanian Helvetica."
By Kate Kershner Sep 20, 2017
What's the meaning behind how we spell theater and theatre? And does it really matter?
By Mark Mancini Sep 12, 2017
The world boasts about 7,000 languages. Close to half are threatened with extinction.
By John Donovan Aug 29, 2017
Despite what you might think, everyone has an accent. It just becomes noticeable when it's different from others in the same community. How do accents develop and why is it so hard to lose one?
By Alia Hoyt
Surely a level of Hell is reserved for inconsiderate parkers. But can the police actually write them a ticket? Well, it depends...
By Patrick J. Kiger Jul 26, 2017
Few rules on funeral procession are enshrined in law; most are just customs. But that doesn't mean you should break them.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Jul 10, 2017
There's no 'U' in Charles or 'B' in William, so how did those get to be the nicknames?
By Dave Roos Jun 9, 2017
Nope, it has nothing to do with the health department.
By Dave Roos May 4, 2017
There are two main factors that influence the development of unique accents within a language: human nature and isolation.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 27, 2017
A new study found conservatives more often interrupted liberals, and that the frequency of "manterrupting" has increased along with the number of women on the court.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 24, 2017
There's a term for a vanishing letter like that in spoken American English's Wednesday. But first, some history about ancient gods.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 5, 2017
Speaking a country's native language counts for a lot — even more than birthplace — when it comes to national identity, according to a new Pew survey.
By Dave Roos Feb 14, 2017
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